HUGE Production Run of Picture Frames

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Project by KnotCurser posted 06-19-2010 03:11 AM 2731 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few months ago I met this woman at a craft fair that sells 4×6 pictures of metal pieces around Baltimore that resemble letters. She has several full alphabets of them and they are really cool. For a better description go to

When she asked my wife if we needed a frame my wife said “No, my husband can make me one”.

“Really? Would you be willing to make me some as well?” One thing led to another – I did a couple dozen for her a month or so ago with no problems. This was the result – an order for 156 frames! As you can see these are no ordinary picture frames – some of them are over four feet long and have as many as 15 pieces in each one!

The last picture you see is a cut list that consisted on only a quarter of the complete job!

When I realized the hours I would need to put into this I made a call to my brother and we both got working – it took over 50 hours of work to pull this off, but the results are really impressive – that is one large pile of frames!

Here’s some stats:

156 Frames
986 Individual Openings
1454 Separate Pieces
2 Gallons of Paint

I don’t really think I’m going to be able to take on a job of this size again – it just leaves NO time for any other woodworking. It was nice to know it could be done though!

I really respect all of you doing this type of stuff for a full-time job though!!!!!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#1 posted 06-19-2010 03:23 AM

Big job well done

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 06-19-2010 03:32 AM

Thats a lot of pieces to cut, join and finish! Good success to ya!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 06-19-2010 04:02 AM

That’s a heck of a lot of pieces to keep track of!
Nice job!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#4 posted 06-19-2010 04:10 AM

very cool.

it is when we push ourselves beyond our comfortable zone that we realize just how much more than what we though we can accomplish. very well done. good lessons learnt I’m sure.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 06-19-2010 04:28 AM

Sounds like an excuse to get a really nice new toy! ;) Good job. What’s the antifreeze for?

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#6 posted 06-19-2010 05:46 AM

the question is, did you make any money on the deal? I don’t work for other’s usually, but when I do get the occasional request, I usually sell myself short and end up barely making anything, or just breaking even… I guess it’s an excuse to get out into the shop though.

-- San Diego, CA

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#7 posted 06-19-2010 06:12 AM

Looks nice how was the profit margin?

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#8 posted 06-19-2010 10:11 AM

Very cool to make a big project like that! Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 06-19-2010 10:16 AM

Those big jobs every once in awhile are nice though. Nice work.

-- Bill - "Freedom flies in your heart like an Eagle" Audie Murphy

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#10 posted 06-19-2010 02:11 PM


You are correct – profits will be used to purchase a new spiral cutterhead planer!
The “antifreeze” is actually windshield washing fluid and is used to thin down the latex paint for spraying – honest!


Yes, profit was seen but as you relate you always sell yourself short. I did enjoy the task at the beginning but when I got towards the end and all those hours of painting it got old really fast! ;-)

Thanks all!


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#11 posted 06-19-2010 03:42 PM

wow, that is a serious project! I have way too much ADD to concentrate on that many frames at a time. congrats on the mammoth accomplishment.

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#12 posted 06-19-2010 07:29 PM

Nice job. From my perspective when you start taking on those large projects it ruins a good hobby and becomes another job – and I hate working :-)). I use to turn pens and it was fun once in awhile to get paid for it. Then one day I got an order for 300 pens from one customer – my hobby turned into a job that I hated. But it was nice making the money.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 06-20-2010 07:27 AM

Cool, looks like your own little sweat shop. Nice to have the hobby help support itself.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 06-20-2010 07:31 AM

That’s a lot of frames! They look really good though and I’m sure it turned into work instead of fun real fast.
Nice to get a good paying job once in a while though, nice.

-- Beer is the reason I exist on this earth, that and my family! (Aurora, IL) my blog:

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#15 posted 06-20-2010 07:39 AM

Nice work. You never know that one bug project can lead to a smaller one with more profit

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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